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  • ''...expatriated Americans, even Henry James himself, have always seemed to me somewhat anchorless, rudderless, drifting before the wind.''
    Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve (1877-1965), U.S. educator. Many a Good Crusade, part 3 (1954). Gildersleeve, Dean of Barnard College, was active for decades in international political work and lived in England much of the time with her "intimate friend," the Englishwoman Caroline Spurgeon. Henry James (1843-1916), an important American novelist, left the United States to settle first in Paris and then, in 1876, in England, where he remained for the rest of his life.
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  • ''If we could produce one or two more Madame Curies, that would accomplish far more for the advancement of women than any amount of agitation, argument and legislation.''
    Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve (1877-1965), U.S. educator. Many a Good Crusade, part 1 (1954). Gildersleeve was Dean of Barnard College, an elite institution for women, in New York City. Mme. Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a Polish scientist and co-discoverer of radium. She won two Nobel Prizes—in 1903 for physics, and in 1911 for chemistry. Her daughter, Irene Curie-Joliot, also won a Nobel Prize: in 1935, for chemistry.
  • ''It was hard for an American to understand the contented acceptance by English men and women of permanent places in the lowest social rank.''
    Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve (1877-1965), U.S. educator. Many a Good Crusade, part 2 (1954). Gildersleeve, though Dean of Barnard College in New York City, lived in England much of the time with her "intimate friend," the Englishwoman Caroline Spurgeon.

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